Mr. P.C. - The Life and Music of Paul Chambers - Rob Palmer

Mr. P.C. - The Life and Music of Paul Chambers - Rob Palmer


Mr. P.C. - The Life and Music of Paul Chambers - Rob Palmer

Rob Palmer [+-]
Rob Palmer is a Senior Probation Officer and a semi-professional bass player of twenty-eight years experience, who has played jazz for most of that time. He has performed and recorded with some of the leading British jazz musicians including Jim Mullen, Iain Ballamy, Stan Sultzman, Janusz Carmello, Dave DeFries, Tim Whitehead and Roy Williams. His ambition is to play with one of these guys twice.


Named one of the best books of 2012 by The New York City Jazz Record Winner of the 2013 Association for Recorded Sound Collections Award for Excellence in Historical Recorded Sound Research in Jazz During his thirteen year career, between 1955 and 1968, Paul Chambers was one of the leading double bass players in jazz, performing with a variety of artists and in a range of the music’s sub-genres. He recorded over three hundred LPs for labels such as Blue Note, Riverside, Mercury and Columbia Records. Chambers performed as a sideman with many of the greatest names in jazz including Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Cannonball Adderley, Sonny Rollins, Wes Montgomery, Joe Henderson, Bill Evans, Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Hank Mobley, Lee Morgan, Gil Evans and Freddie Hubbard. He recorded a half dozen albums under his own name that included his own compositions, but is probably best remembered for his contribution to the greatest jazz recording of all time: Miles Davis’ Kind Of Blue . Mr. P.C. tells the story of this quiet giant of jazz: his early experiences in Detroit, his rise to jazz celebrity, his time at the top, his ultimate struggle against the tides of change enveloping the music that he loved, and the circumstances surrounding his tragic death, aged 33, in 1969. Featuring interviews with family members, friends and colleagues with the jazz fraternity, this book represents the first time that much of this influential musician’s story has been told. It includes a comprehensive discography detailing all of his recordings both as a sideman and a band leader.

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Palmer, Rob . Epilogue. Mr. P.C. - The Life and Music of Paul Chambers. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 340-341 Nov 2012. ISBN 9781845536367. Date accessed: 03 Dec 2023 doi: 10.1558/equinox.25069. Nov 2012

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